Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Exemplary Safety Record

Transocean is the drilling firm that operated the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.  It exploded last year killing 11 workers.  Then it dumped an estimated 250,000,000 gallons of oil into the ocean, damaging coastlines and killing thousands of animals.  (conservative government reported estimate)

Looks safe enough.

So, what do you do when you are a multi-billion dollar company that's down in the dumps?  You start to focus on the positive.  It was one measly explosion.  That's right.  Compared to all the other stuff they do, one explosion is a pretty good average.  In fact, their yearly safety report said just that:
"Notwithstanding the tragic loss of life in the Gulf of Mexico, we achieved an exemplary statistical safety record as measured by our total recordable incident rate and total potential severity rate."
Referencing "potential severity" just means they are psyched not all of their oil rigs exploded.  They have 24 other ultra deep water rigs and the report says that those are great.  Going 24 for 25 is an awesome average.  Give it up for these all-stars.  With history re-written they are now free to give huge bonuses to it's executives for it's "best year" in safety.

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